Monday, August 23, 2010


 Kenneth Bird aka Fougasse was art editor at Punch during the 40s then later became editor of the magazine when Searle worked for it.  An accomplished cartoonist in his own right his work became familiar to the British public with a series of wartime posters. An exhibition of this work opens at the Cartoon Museum this week.

I've updated the Advertising section,  Take One Toad , Dick Deadeye,   Investigator and LemonHart Rum.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Searle in Hannover

'What! Already?' Searle at 90 the Wilhelm-Busch museum in Hanover is the largest exhibition this year to mark Ronald Searle's birthday.
Last week I had the oppurtunity to see the show and explore the Searle archive with fellow Searle fan Uli Meyer.  The exhibition is unmissable for Searle fans; almost 200 works on show plus several sketchbooks, posters and interesting photographs and paraphenalia.

Many thanks to Ronald Searle, Frau Dr Gisela Vetter Liebenov and Uli Meyer for making the trip possible.

For German speaking readers here are some links to articles about the exhibition  here , here and here.

Brit cartoonist Mike Roberts has posted his thoughts on visiting the exhibition here

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Visit To The Seaside

The Cultural Clippings blog recently posted some very interesting examples of early colour Searle illustrations. Originally published in the August 1947 issue of Lilliput Magazine.

Early examples of colour reportage, they're quite different to Searle's later colour work for HOLIDAY magazine.  Obviously less overtly 'cartoony', stylistically they're closer to the drawings of the time by Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland.

Many thanks to Chris for allowing me to re-publish these here on the Perpetua blog.  He also sent me another Searle spot illustration from the same issue which I've posted on my Lilliput blog here.